Science (881)

Award: Associate of Arts and Science Degree

Major: Science

Length: Variable (Designed for both part-time and full-time students)

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Alicia Howell

Purpose: The University Parallel Program leads to the Associate in Arts and Science degree (AA&S). It is the first two years of a four-year college or university degree, usually the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the VCCS general education outcomes and core competencies, students will be able to:

  • Communication: Interact with others using all forms of communication, resulting in understanding and being understood.
  • Critical Thinking: Evaluate evidence carefully and apply reasoning to decide what to believe and how to act.
  • Information Literacy: Recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Possess the skills and knowledge necessary to apply the use of logic, numbers, and mathematics to deal effectively with common
    problems and issues.
  • Scientific Reasoning: Adhere to a self-correcting system of inquire (the scientific method) and rely on empirical evidence to describe, understand, predict, and control natural phenomena.
  • Cultural and Social Understanding: Possess an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the inter connectedness of the social and cultural dimensions within and across local, regional, state, national, and global communities.
  • Personal Development: Strive for physical well-being and emotional maturity.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret mathematical formulas, models, tables and schematics.
  • Use quantitative information and/or mathematical analysis to obtain sound results and recognize questionable assumptions.
  • Communicate about science using appropriate oral and written means.

All students need to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department of the college or university to which transfer is contemplated. Students and their academic advisors need to be certain that the community college courses selected are transferable in the program at the planned college of transfer.

Science Transfer Options:

  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Home Economics
  • Lab Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Science Education

This course of study is recommended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree, usually the Bachelor of Science degree, in the pre-professional or scientific fields. Students should learn the specific requirements for their major from the four-year school to which they plan to transfer. They should also consult with their academic advisor.

Course Schedule

In the course of study, “Elective” means any course for which a student can receive credit at the school to which he/she intends to transfer. “Humanities Elective” means a transferable course in Art, Drama, English, Foreign Language, Humanities, Literature, Music, or Philosophy. “Social Science Elective” means a transferable course in Economics, Government, History, Psychology, or Sociology. “Natural Science (Lab)” means a transferable course in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Natural Science, or Physics that includes both lecture and laboratory sessions.

Sample Schedule

Fall Term
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
MTH 163 Pre-Calculus I 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts or CSC xxx 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Science Elective BIO 101, or CHM 111 4
HLT xxx Health/Physical Education Elective 1
Total 15

Spring Term
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
MTH 164 Pre-Calculus II 3
Science Elective BIO 102 or CHM 112 4
HLT xxx Health/Physical Education Elective 1
Total 14

Fall Term
Science Elective BIO 200 level elective or CHM elective 4
Area Elective MTH 271, MTH 273, MTH 240,
BIO 200 level elective or CHM elective 3
Social Science ECO, PLS, PSY, SOC elective 3
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
HIS 121 US History I3 or HIS 101 Western Civilization I 3
Total 16

Spring Term
Science Elective BIO 200 level elective or CHM elective 4
Area Elective MTH 272, MTH 274, MTH 240,
BIO 200 level elective or CHM elective 3
PHI 115 Practical Reasoning2 3
Social Science ECO, PLS, PSY, SOC elective 3
HIS 122 US History II3 or HIS 102 Western Civilization II 3
Total 16

Minimum Credits Required 61

NOTE: Physics (PHY) is offered only in the Summer Session
1 Some universities require literature in the second year.
2 PHI 115 is a core competency capstone course and should be taken in the student’s last spring semester before graduation.
3 Students and their advisors need to be aware of the transfer institution’s requirements.